Between Facts and Norms : Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy
In Between Facts and Norms Jrgen Habermas works out the legal and political implications of his Theory of Communicative Action (1981), bringing to fruition the project announced with his publication of The Structural Transformation of the Public More...
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In Between Facts and Norms Jrgen Habermas works out the legal and political implications of his Theory of Communicative Action (1981), bringing to fruition the project announced with his publication of The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere in 1962. This new work is a major contribution to recent debates on the rule of law and the possibilities of democracy in postindustrial societies, but it is much more. The introduction by William Rehg succinctly captures the special nature of the work, noting that it offers a sweeping, sociologically informed conceptualization of law and basic rights, a normative account of the rule of law and the constitutional state, an attempt to bridge normative and empirical approaches to democracy, and an account of the social context required for democracy. Finally, the work frames and caps these arguments with a bold proposal for a new paradigm of law that goes beyond the dichotomies that have afflicted modern political theory from its inception and that still underlie current controversies between so- called liberals and civic republicans. The book includes a postscript written in 1994, which restates the argument in light of its initial reception, and two appendixes, which cover key developments that preceded the book. Habermas himself was actively involved in the translation, adapting the text as necessary to make it more accessible to English-speaking readers.
|Law as a Category of Social Mediation between Facts and Norms|
|The Sociology of Law versus the Philosophy of Justice|
|A Reconstructive Approach to Law I: The System of Rights|
|A Reconstructive Approach to Law II: The Principles of the Constitutional State|
|The Indeterminacy of Law and the Rationality of Adjudication|
|Judiciary and Legislature: On the Role and Legitimacy of Constitutional Adjudication|
|Deliberative Politics: A Procedural Concept of Democracy|
|Civil Society and the Political Public Sphere|
|Paradigms of Law|